Collapsible workbench

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Project by Doug posted 08-31-2014 01:17 PM 12868 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes as woodworkers we tend to save scrapes and bits of information and ides. Well this project I build today came from an article in Popular Mechanic April 1984! I knew I had it somewhere, and I knew I needed to build one for the next on site project I have coming up in September. Sure I could have simply bought a workmate, but I think as a woodworker it shows your respect and skills foe woodworking if you could make one yourself. So I thought I would share this easy to build project. If anyone is interested in the plans and materials list I will be more than happy to email them to you. I know it may not look exactly as the photo shows, but I used what I had hanging around, but to I must assure you the jaws work just fine, and it does fold up as shown also. Like Tommy Mac often says , “just make it your own. ” This is a great weekend project which includes woodworking and some metal working as well. Nothing special to buy or any need for specially tools, Outside of a tap or two.

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 01:49 PM

Very nice. I always like looking at the old magazines for ideas.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 03:16 PM

Excellent! looks like a straightforward design, well executed. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 09-01-2014 01:55 AM

That is really cool. Great job

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#4 posted 09-02-2014 05:17 AM

Great idea. I found the plans online, Google Books has all the past issues of Popular Mechanics.


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#5 posted 12-28-2014 05:35 PM

That looks better than the last one I bought.

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 08:54 PM

I’m new to this site. Your project just drew me in. what a cool looking workbench. It sure beats any store bought item. Can you forward a copy of the plans please? Thanks for sharing. email:

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#7 posted 11-16-2015 08:59 PM

This is a great addition to your shop. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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